California Judges Are Banned from Belonging to Boy Scouts, State Supreme Court Says

The California Supreme Court has taken another step to formally oppose the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on LGBT adult leaders: State court judges may no longer participate in the BSA. Judges have a year to end their relationships with the organization, which in 2013 lifted its ban on LGBT youth Scouts, but not on adult leaders.

This is an extension of an earlier decision in California, which said in vaguer terms that judges couldn’t belong to groups which discriminate against members based on sexual orientation. Until now, youth groups had been an exception to that rule.

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Once Again, a Texas Elementary School Can’t Stop Promoting Christianity at the Book Fair

Last year, I posted a lot about the numerous church/state violations taking place in Texas’ Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District.

Things got even stranger in October, when China Elementary School held a book fair sponsored by Scholastic Books… that featured a display table full of Jesus:



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Azealia Banks: Atheism Makes No Sense Because God is Too Big to Understand

Hip-hop artist Azealia Banks (below), who is as well-known for her Twitter feuds as she is her music, is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Playboy. In the interview, she offers an… um… illuminating take on atheism:



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Nearly Two Years After Killing an Atheist Blogger, a Muslim Cleric and Several Students Are Indicted by the Court

In early 2013, there was a clash in Bangladesh over the writing of atheist bloggers that left at least two people dead, including blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider.



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Mind Your Tongue: Why, At Friendly Atheist, We’ll Use “Daesh” From Now On, Instead of ISIL, ISIS, or Islamic State

The violent Muslim fundies who’ve taken over swaths of Iraq and Syria go by different names/acronyms. That’s a bit confusing, and it produces editorial inconsistencies that play out across newspapers and websites worldwide.

On this blog, we have no chance to force conformity on the issue even if we wanted to, but we can at least be more consistent ourselves.

To that end, we’re dropping ISIS, IS, Islamic State, and ISIL — and will be using Daesh from here on out.

As Zeba Khan writes in the Boston Globe,

The term “Daesh” is strategically a better choice because it is still accurate in that it spells out the acronym of the group’s full Arabic name, al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. Yet, at the same time, “Daesh” can also be understood as a play on wordsand an insult.



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